Call for testers

Hello, friends!

As promised, I’m here with a call for testers (something I haven’t done in ages… years?) because I usually work with a publication or depend on my savvy tech editor. However, I’m passing this one to you guys because it’s a weird little thing and I think some of you might enjoy getting to test it out! It’s a strange little cowl/shawl hybrid that is a bit meandering but very fun to knit. You may have seen some pics of this little sh-owl on my IG feed many moons ago, but here are the details for anyone interested:

  • Worked in sport weight yarn (pattern calls for Elsa Wool Sport) about 350 yds, and on US 6 needles. Also waste yarn for optional tassel.

  • Skills needed include: Provisional Cast-on, cabling, simple lace, simple increases, knit.purl, working flat and in rounds, twisted stitches

  • Let’s have this baby ready by fall so, a deadline of August 1

If this sounds good to you, contact me via the contact page here and I’ll send you the pattern if there are still spots available.

I can’t wait to see your Pastinaca!

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Update: Elemental Knits

You may or may not have noticed some radio silence here and elsewhere (IG and I were on a break for a bit), but there’s a good reason for this. I’m not sure how in-the-know everyone is about the recent changing of hands that has been in progress for the past few months with F+W Media so here’s a brief overview: F+W is the mother company of Interweave — this includes Interweave Books, Knitscene, Interweave Knits, Wool Studio, etc. F+W filed for bankruptcy and auctioned off their assets (the various companies they have acquired over the years) so even though it’s been business-as-usual in many ways throughout this, there have been some major displacements and changes slowing release dates on patterns.

The majority of my design work is done in partnership with Interweave and all of her branches including both of my books. There is a median level of stress that goes into designing and publishing, and in all honesty, all of this unsettled uncertainty had me spinning. I thrive on solid ground, deadlines, order, and clear expectations. I want a clear schedule to promote pattern releases. I want to see the path. Now that we have some direction, I’m feeling better and eager to get on with it.

What I know so far is this: F+W was auctioned and Penguin Random House won the bid. I don’t know if this means both the magazines and book department are secured or if that is going to be a home for Interweave Books alone. It does ease my mind though as we move toward my scheduled release!

As of today, Elemental Knits is expected to make it’s debut in early October. I got word that it was one of three titles selected for the Book Expo America that was held back in May, so they were scrambling to get galleys (uncorrected proofs) of the book printed for the Expo. If you’re a book person, you may have seen it there! Meaning you’ve seen my book before I have! HA! I was mighty surprised that my humble little book was selected from thousands of titles, but the book is so beautifully designed… I can’t even describe it. My patterns are basically playing second fiddle to the layout.

With all of the transitions happening in the book department, I haven’t received any information about pre-orders or promotion or anything else really (thank goodness for my editor who has been going above and beyond to keep me in the loop as much as possible!) so I’m just sitting tight and waiting it out a smidge longer.

HOWEVER, I am sharing this stack of samples that were so lovingly returned to me. Look at that big ‘ole tower of yummy. It’s funny because after a solid year of pattern writing and knitting (no sample knitters this time around!), I think my friends and family understood that I was “working” a lot, but when they could see it all together like this, it hit home what 20 hand knits amount to.

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I’ll be back here soon with a call for testers. I’m pulling way back on self-published work for the moment, but I still have a couple patterns in progress. More on all of that Friday (I’ll post here and on social media).

x

Cabin Socks

Hello Friends!

Spring is finally here, and I decided that in the spirit of new, fresh, positive change, I’m posting a new FREE pattern that includes no-wrap short row heel shaping (and a link to a new little photo tutorial so that you can knit up some top notch heels or simply add another method to your repertoire). This pattern will be sent out in pattern form (a downloadable file) to all of my newsletter subscribers — I’ll be sending that newsletter out on Monday, April 8 so you have until then to subscribe!

If you think it’s weird that I’m sending out a sock pattern, then you know me well. I gripe about socks all the time and I have serious two-of-anything-dysfunction but I’ve had some major stressors in my life recently and knitting on a little sock seemed to soothe my troubled mind.

The pattern is super simple and features twisted rib - heels and toes are worked in stockinette st. I’ve included notes with loose with tips to size for your perfect fit (though exact numbers for standard sizes are included for if, say, you were knitting these as a gift)

Enjoy!


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Cabin Socks

Sizes: Child S, (Child L, Adult S, Adult L) to fit foot length measuring approx 6 (8, 10, 11)” from back of heel to end of toe.

Yarn: 1 hank of sock yarn; shown is Knit Picks Hawthorne Speckle (80% Superwash Fine Highland Wool, 20% Nyon; 357yd/100g hank); 27216 Jupiter.

Needles: 1 set US 4 (3.5mm) double points or needles for your preferred small cir knitting. Adjust needles as needed to obtain gauge.

Notions: Markers (m), tapestry needle.

Gauge: 6 sts and 8 rnds/1”

Channel Island CO: Measure tail (about 1”/ stitch cast on) and fold in half. Near the tail of the folded length, create a slip knit with the doubled yarn and place onto needle.  Hold the short tail, *wrap double strand tail around left thumb counter-clockwise twice, bring working yarn over needle creating a yo, insert needle under the two wraps around the thumb, catch working yarn as you would with a long-tail cast-on, bring yarn through the two wraps, releasing them from the thumb, and pull snug against the needle; rep from * until reaching the desired number of stitches.

*For casting on an even number of sts, drop the slip st at the end of the first row.

Notes: To get a perfect fit for a custom sock, first measure the circumference of the ball of your foot (or the widest part), and multiply that measurement with the gauge per inch. For example, the Adult S size in this pattern assumes your foot measures 8” around at the widest point, so 8 inches x 6 stitches/inch = 48 stitches (this final stitch count needs to be an even number, so adjust as needed).

For the heel, you will split the stitches evenly working over half for the heel shaping. In our example, 48/2 = 24 sts for the heel. You may want to follow the short row shaping for the size closest to your actual measurement -or- simply work the short rows for the first wedge until you have about 6 or 8 sts left un-worked for the center of the heel before starting the second wedge.

For the foot, repeat your twisted rib segments until the piece measures about 2” shorter than your actual foot length before moving on to the toe.

I recommend following toe shaping instructions for the size closest to your actual measurement and grafting all remaining stitches together for the toe.

Short row Tutorials

No-Wrap Short Rows (closing gaps)

No-Wrap Short Row Heel

Cuff

Using Channel Island CO (or preferred stretchy cast-on method) CO 36 (48, 60, 64) sts, distribute evenly over DPNs or pm and join for rnds.

Rnd 1: * P1, k1; rep from * to end.

Rep Rnd 1 until cuff measures 1” from CO.

Leg

Rnds 1-3: * P1, k1tbl; rep from * to end.

Rnd 4: Knit.

Rep last 4 rnds four more times (or to desired length; socks pictured are 1/4 crew/anklet length).

Heel

Wedge 1

Short row 1 (RS): K9 (12, 15, 16), turn.

Short row 2 (WS): Sl1, p17 (23, 29, 31), turn.

Short row 3: Sl1, knit to 2 sts before gap, turn.

Short row 4: Sl1, purl to 2 sts before gap, turn.

Rep Short rows 3 and 4, 2 (3, 4, 5) more times, turn.

Wedge 2

Short row 1 (RS): Knit to 1 st before gap, close gap, turn.

Short row 2 (WS): Sl1, purl to 1 st before gap, close gap, turn.

Short row 3: Sl1, knit to 1 st before gap, close gap, knit to 1 st before next gap, close gap, turn.

Short row 4: Sl1, purl to 1 st before gap, close gap, purl to 1 st before next gap, close gap, turn.

Rep Short rows 3 and 4, 1 (3, 4, 5) more times, turn.

Next row (RS): Sl1, knit to end of rnd.

Foot

Work as foll, closing remaining gaps on first rnd:

Rnds 1-3: * P1, k1tbl; rep from * to end.

Rnd 4: Knit.

Rep last 4 rnds 11 (13, 15, 17) more times (or to desired length).

Toe

Dec rnd: K7 (10, 13, 14), k2tog, pm, ssk, k14 (20, 26, 28), k2tog, pm, ssk, knit to end—4 sts dec’d.

(From here on, Dec rnds are worked as foll: Knit to 2 sts before m, k2tog, slm, ssk, knit to 2 sts before next marker, k2tog, slm, ssk, knit to end.)

Next rnd: Knit.

Rep last 2 rnds 3 (5, 7, 8) more times—20 (24, 28, 28) sts.

Rep Dec rnd only 2 (3, 4, 4) times—12 sts.

Knit to marker and break yarn leaving tail for Kitchener St.

Graft toe closed.

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